Actual Innocence Awareness Database


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The Actual Innocence awareness database lists selected United States resources pertaining to wrongful convictions, selected from the popular media (such as newspaper articles and segments which aired on television news magazines), journal articles, books, reports, legislation and websites. The selected materials are classified into subtopics considered the primary causes of wrongful conviction: forensics/DNA; eyewitness identification; false confessions; jailhouse informants; police and/or prosecutorial misconduct; and ineffective representation. There is also a "general" topic for those materials which cover multiple subtopics or defy further categorization.

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New resources will be posted as they become available, and will be displayed on the website home page for two weeks; resources will then be classified and available by subtopic. URLs for popular media items (to the extent they are available) will drop off after two weeks in an effort to avoid broken links.

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Lawyer Asks Appeals Court to Test DNA in 2001 Rape Case (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Joe Gorman
Citation (Popular Media):
Vindy.com, August 20, 2015
Connecticut Man Files Suit Claiming a Wrongful Murder Conviction (General)
Authors:
Edmund H. Mahony
Citation (Popular Media):
Hartford Courant, August 20, 2015
"Grid Kid Slayer" to Get Hearing on if Murder Trial Was Fair (General)
Authors:
Christina Carrega-Woodby
Citation (Popular Media):
New York Daily News, August 20, 2015
Susan Hawk Names New Chief of Unit That Investigates Wrongful Convictions (General)
Authors:
Julie Fancher
Citation (Popular Media):
Dallasnews.com Crime Blog, August 19, 2015
Opinion: Oklahoma Should Not Execute Richard Glossip (General)
Authors:
Susan Sarandon
Citation (Popular Media):
Msnbc.com, August 18, 2015
Bill Would Compensate Wrongfully Convicted (General)
Authors:
Beth LeBlanc
Citation (Popular Media):
TheTimesHerald.com, August 18, 2015
Michelle Byron [sic] Wrongly Spent 15 Years on Death Row (General)
Authors:
Carly Stern
Citation (Popular Media):
DailyMail.com, August 17, 2015
Editorial: Taking Another Bite Out of Junk Science in Texas Criminal Justice System (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Editorial Board
Citation (Popular Media):
Dallas Morning News, August 17, 2015
Local Cases Overlooked in Hair Evidence Review (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Samuel Black
Citation (Popular Media):
Aljazeera.com, August 17, 2015
Time to Free -- Who Else? -- Barry Beach (General)
Authors:
Bob Brown & Jim Elliott
Citation (Popular Media):
Great Falls Tribune, August 16, 2015
Ruth Ann Dailey: Lewis Fogle's 34 Stolen Years (General)
Authors:
Ruth Ann Dailey
Citation (Popular Media):
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 17, 2015
Court Hearing Will Test Claim of "Real Killers" in Fairbanks Four Case (General)
Authors:
Dermot Cole
Citation (Popular Media):
Alaska Dispatch News, August 16, 2015
Jon Burge Case: Police Torture Scandal Still Casts Long Shadow Over Chicago (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Jon Schuppe
Citation (Popular Media):
NBCNews.com, August 16, 2015
Galesburg Native Scheduled for Execution Sept. 16 Grasps for Hope (General)
Authors:
Antwon R. Martin
Citation (Popular Media):
Register-Mail, August 16, 2015
Murder Conviction Overturned, Rhode Island Man Could Walk Free (General)
Authors:
John Larabee
Citation (Popular Media):
Reuters.com, August 14, 2015
My View: Changes Would Improve Witness IDs (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Aliza B. Kaplan
Citation (Popular Media):
Portland Tribune, August 14, 2015
Man Is Released After 34 Years in Prison; Murder Conviction Is Thrown Out (General)
Authors:
Katie Rogers
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, August 14, 2015
Charles Pierre Found Not Guilty in Murder Retrial (General)
Authors:
Gary Craig
Citation (Popular Media):
Democrat and Chronicle, August 13, 2015
Cook County Prosecutors Won't Try Ex-Inmate After Conviction Dropped (General)
Authors:
Steve Schmadeke
Citation (Popular Media):
Chicago Tribune, August 13, 2015
Brian Banks, Former Poly Football Star Wrongfully Convicted of Rape, Speaks Out (General)
Authors:
Greg Yee
Citation (Popular Media):
Long Beach Press-Telegram, August 13, 2015
False Confessions: I Did It. I Did It. Not Really. (False Confessions)
Authors:
Peter Korn
Citation (Popular Media):
Portland Tribune, August 13, 2015
Shhhh. County DA to Play Larger Role in Use of Police Informants (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Peter Korn
Citation (Popular Media):
Portland Tribune, August 13, 2015
When Innocence Is No Defense (General)
Authors:
Julie Seaman
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, August 12, 2015
Appeal in 1989 Rape and Murder by Scott Oliver Denied by Supreme Court (General)
Authors:
Riley Yates
Citation (Popular Media):
Morning Call, August 12, 2015
Indiana Man Wins $3 Million Wrongful Conviction Settlement (General)
Authors:
Dave Stafford
Citation (Popular Media):
TheIndianaLawyer.com, August 11, 2015